Chicago Bears wideout Javon Wims was ejected midway through the third quarter of the Bears Week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints. Wims approached Saints safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson after a play on offense was over and punched him — twice — in the helmet. Wims was penalized, ejected, and he’ll likely be facing a fine.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson didn't even react to Javon Wims' first punch maybe because he was wearing a helmet when he was punched
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) November 1, 2020
What the hell is Javon Wims thinking here with a punch to the head?pic.twitter.com/bEWViPgjQ7
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) November 1, 2020
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) November 1, 2020
Hitting other players in the helmet seems to be a thing Wims does — he got into fisticuffs in training camp last season, when he hit then-Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the helmet during a practice scrimmage.
Jogging my training camp memory… Javon Wims threw punches at Prince Amukamara in training camp last year. I remember Amukamara knew not to throw punches back because he punched a helmet in college and got hurt.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 1, 2020
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Current, Former Bears React to Javon Wims’ Actions
Bears running back Tarik Cohen, who is watching from home due to a torn ACL ending his season, didn’t seem to mind Wims’ actions. Perhaps that’s because Gardner-Johnson was the player who mercilessly ripped the 5-6 back for being short last season.
Juice ONNAT !!! Ion give af
— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) November 1, 2020
OMG Chauncey Gardner-Johnson mocking Tarik Cohen. pic.twitter.com/b0mgy0bfes
— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) October 20, 2019
Recently retired guard Kyle Long and former tight end Zach Miller also weighed in:
— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) November 1, 2020
— Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) November 1, 2020
Former Ravens receiver Torrey Smith also commented on Wims’ actions:
This dude Wims thought he was outside for a second
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) November 1, 2020
Wims could also face suspension, as he was seemingly unprovoked when he hit Gardner-Johnson. The broadcast showed something that may have upset him on the previous play, however.
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Did Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s Trash Talk to Anthony Miller Influence Wims?
Wims’ actions were as ridiculous and stupid as they were baffling — he seemingly hit Gardner-Johnson and yanked a chain from his neck for no apparent reason. The telecast showed a replay that doesn’t excuse Wims’ behavior, but it could explain why he did it.
On the previous play, Gardner-Johnson poked his finger through the face mask of Bears’ wideout Anthony Miller. That, combined with his deriding of Cohen last season, could potentially explain Wims’ hostility. Either way, his response was far too drastic, and it cost his team.
— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) November 1, 2020
Cohen ‘liked’ the following Tweet that suggested Wims was sticking up for an unnamed teammate:
Stuck up for his boy. I love it.
— Nick Scatch (@scatch) November 1, 2020
What, If Anything, Does This Mean for Wims?
Wims, a 2018 seventh-round draft pick for the Bears in 2018, has been having a solid third season, considering his role. He has been one of the better blockers on offense, and he has held onto the ball a bit better this year than he did last.
I've always been a fan of wide receivers that can block. Check out #Bears WR Javon Wims and the block he has on CB Corey Ballentine. Wims initiates contact at the 40-yard line and stays with Ballentine for another 10 yards. After Tarik Cohen's 15-yard gain, Wims shows off the 💪🏾. pic.twitter.com/m32KRrHbC4
— Nicholas Moreano (@NicholasMoreano) September 25, 2020
Wims has four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown so far this season, and he has also contributed on special teams. He’s not an integral part of this offense by any means, but he’s a solid backup. That said, incidents like this one aren’t going to earn him many points from Chicago’s coaching staff. They will, however, provide social media fodder that could follow Wims around for a bit longer than he may like.
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) November 1, 2020
— Mike Camerlengo (@MCamerlengo) November 1, 2020
Javon Wims: *punches CJ Gardner-Johnson*
CJ Gardner-Johnson: pic.twitter.com/aGrajGj8Pq
— Hot Sports Takes (@broskibrees) November 1, 2020